Ken Ofori Atta is Finance Minister-designate

January 11, 2017
Source: B&FT Online | Ghana
Ken Ofori Atta is Finance Minister-designate

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has named investment banker Ken Ofori Atta as Finance Minister-designate.

The President addressing the press today said the co-founder of investment banking advisory firm will inherit the position previously held Seth Terkper of the past National Democratic Congress (NDC) regime.


Ken Ofori-Atta is a Co-Founder of Databank Financial Services Limited and served as its Executive Chairman from 1990 to February 14, 2012.

He worked with Salomon Brothers and Morgan Stanley, on debt and equity issues and financing for a variety of industries. He is a Co-Founder of the African Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Mr Ofori-Atta serves as the Chairman of Trust Bank Ltd. He serves as the Chairman of Family Ventures and Offices in Ghana and Chairman of Databank Agrifund Manager Ltd. He serves as a Director of Acumen Fund, Inc.

He has been a Director of Bank of Kigali Limited since September 11, 2015, and serves as on the Boards of Trust Bank Limited of The Gambia and Ventures & Acquisitions Limited.

The financial guru served as a Director of Enterprise Group Limited from October 2010 to June 30, 2015. He is also a Member of the President's Ghana Investors' Advisory Council.

His contributions to the financial system and commitment to excellence have earned him a nomination as the only black African to be listed in the world’s top fifty financial managers for the 21st century and also Marketing Man of the year for 1996 by the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ghana.

Mr Ofori-Atta has been honored as a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum of Davos. He was the first African to testify in the US Congress to support the Africa Growth & Opportunities Act (AGOA).

He has over 12 years of experience in the finance and investment banking industry in both the United States and Ghana building up an enviable reputation of being a market leader. He serves as the Chairman of Investment Committee at Databank Agrifund Manager Limited.

He was honored as a Donaldson Fellow at Yale University in 2010 and a John Jay Fellow at Columbia University in 2011. He is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.

He was twice honoured by PWC Ghana as one of the Top 5 Most Respected CEOs in Ghana. Mr. Ofori-Atta earned an MBA degree from the Yale School of Management in 1988 and a B.A. in Economics from the Columbia University (USA) in 1984.